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New name.
Same mission.

LIRS is now Global Refuge.

Welcoming newcomers since 1939.

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Welcome Centers

A local welcome for global neighbors

Global Refuge employee completing an intake for a family. Couple and teenage daughter talking with an Global Refuge employee in a living room.

Global Refuge Welcome Centers ensure that asylum seekers and refugees have access to local services and support.

We provide protection-centered and trauma-informed case management services to asylum seekers and those arriving through humanitarian parole, including:

  • A service plan within one month of enrollment, tailored to their individual needs.
  • Mental health screening and referral to mental health and psychosocial support through internal services where available, as well as external referrals.
  • Connection to community health providers to address any health issues.
  • Legal services, including know-your rights support, guidance to secure legal counsel, and support in obtaining assistance with applications where needed.
  • Connection to community-based resources for which they are eligible, such as food banks, volunteer services, and faith communities.
  • Education services, including school enrollment for school-age children, and access to youth and adult education programming, including English classes.
  • Emergency food, housing, and financial assistance.

Our Welcome Centers

Global Refuge Welcome Centers are privately funded, and we thank Bank of America for their generous support.

To support a Welcome Center, or start a new Welcome Center in your area, please contact giving@globalrefuge.org

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